Apologeet.nlHow About Other Religions
One of the most basic claims of Christianity is that Jesus is the only way for salvation. Silly Christians! There are hundreds of religions, why should yours be different?
I think I am going to disappoint you with my answer.
The question actually says that there are many religions. But whenever I study a new religion, I come to the same conclusion. It turns out that there are basically only two religions in the world.
ONLY TWO? Wow, I must be crazy, right?
Well, let me explain.
The first kind of religion sounds like a fire truck: Do This, do that, do this, do that, do this, do that!
This kind of religion tries to instruct people how they can climb up to a higher being or a higher state of wellbeing. They are all about how we can save our own lives, or how we can reach heaven or its equivalent.
True Christianity is totally different. Christianity is not about us climbing up to God but it is about God coming down to us.
Let me tell you a short, famous, story. You might have heard it before.
There was a man who good not see well enough were he was going. While he was walking he fel in a deep steep pit. He tried to climb but the walls were too slippery. He tried to jump, but it was futile. Then, in despair he started to call out for help.
After a while someone heard him and walked calmly to the well. His name was Buddha and he said to the man in the well: ‘Your pit is only a state of mind.’
Then another man came. It was Confusius and he said; ‘If you would have listened to me, you would not be in that pit.’
Yet another man came. It was Muhammad and he said: ‘You DESERVE your pit, else Alah didn’t allow you to fall in.’
By now the man was terrified! What to do? Another man came. It was a Hindu and he looked down, said nothing…. He concentrated and then he advised the man to chant positively and that would set him free
This went on and on. The man cried and in between his tears he screamed loudly! None of these methods work! I need help!
On that moment Jesus passed by and looked at the man and started to weep as well. He climbed into the well and LIFTED the man on his shoulders in order for him to get out of the pit.
All the other religions are good for one thing: Giving instructions. They do this in such a way that nobody is able to understand what they really need to do.
What a delight to know that there is One Who doesn’t start with orders or unachievable instructions. No, Jesus is the one who came down in order to us, so we can stand on His shoulders and be saved.
Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
This does not come from a dead guy. Jesus is very much alive today! You can visit the graves of so-called holy people or other so-called fantastic people. You’ll find Mohammed, Buddha, Marx, Lennin, numerous gurus right were they ended, in their graves. But the grave of Jesus is empty!
Don’t get distracted by questions like the multitude of religions. There are only two kinds. The first says you need to do it all by yourself and the other did it for you.
Don’t be foolish. Trust in Him who did it.